Although it’s Spring the world here still has its Winter clothes on. It feels like time for a change.

Recently I bought an album of songs by a rock/pop singer who I have great regard for and whose albums I’ve loved. Her new album is very good but somehow it feels like a disappointment. Perhaps it’s an age thing but I don’t feel moved by these songs, I’ve heard the form and content too much to get any thrill from them.

On BBC Radio 3 they’ve been having a Baroque season and because of this I heard some of Pergolessi’s Stabat Mater while decorating the kitchen last week. Now, this held me spellbound. I’m a sucker for a good counter-tenor voice anyway but the pairing of music and musicians gave me goose bumps.


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